Yesterday was Earth Overshoot Day. Earth’s resources are all we have right now when it comes to food, construction materials, a large part of the energy extracted, air and water. Yesterday, we’ve just depleted our consumption ratio for this year.
What this means is that Earth can’t regenerate what we’ve consumed so far this year in a timely manner so our lifestyle as a whole can be called sustainable, more or less. Even more simply put, too much wood was cut, too much carbon dioxide has been emitted that cannot be absorbed by forests and so on.
The day was declared by WWF and the Global Footprint Network, two of the most important environmental groups.
“By August 2 2017, we will have used more from Nature than our planet can renew in the whole year,” the groups said in a statement.
“This means that in seven months, we emitted more carbon than the oceans and forests can absorb in a year, we caught more fish, felled more trees, harvested more, and consumed more water than the Earth was able to produce in the same period.”
The Earth Overshoot Day has been calculated since 1986, but 2017 represents a minimum so far – it’s never been worse than this. For instance, last year it was 6 days later. What we’re referring here is the global number.
For individual states, the situation is different: the UK has finished its “alloted” resources on May 4.
However, despite the new 2017 low, the progression throughout the year has slowed down, overall. It could reverse – which is a bit optimistic to say yet, if you think of all the coal mines that are about to be reopened in the US during the next 3 and a half years.
You can check out more on overshootday.org